Re: Adding a auxiliary outboard.
As suggested, focus on the diesel. It is more powerful and the prop is better positioned to be effective. The boarding ladder is probably mounted where it is because of the reinforcement that's already there. Messing with that will be... a mess. If you really want to use the Honda 5hp to move the boat, get a dinghy and try using it to tow, or push while tied securely alongside. Mounting an outboard on most sailboat transoms becomes ineffective very quickly in any sort of seaway. The prop gets lifted out of the water and then overspeeds and cavitates when it's plunged back in. Even Hondas don't like that treatment. Take care of your diesel and it will take care of you. Our Yanmar is 32 this year.
Last edited by paulk; 01-29-2014 at 10:47 PM.